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Respighi: Pines Of Rome; Fountains Of Rome; Roman Festivals

Respighi / Netherlands Radio Po / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Exton   Catalog #: 217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If ever there was an orchestral piece that would benefit from multichannel playback, it's Pines and the rest of the Trilogy. Listeners enjoying the five-channel DSD SACD layer will be immersed in sound as close to a live performance as could be expected. The robust, powerful brass playing surrounds you, and the deep, forceful organ entrances are enough to vibrate the walls. The sound quality on the standard two-channel track is still clear and rich, but lacks that special encompassing nature found only on the multichannel track." - Mike D. Brownell, "If ever there was an orchestral piece that would benefit from multichannel playback, it's Pines and the rest of the Trilogy. Listeners enjoying the five-channel DSD SACD layer will be immersed in sound as close to a live performance as could be expected. The robust, powerful brass playing surrounds you, and the deep, forceful organ entrances are enough to vibrate the walls. The sound quality on the standard two-channel track is still clear and rich, but lacks that special encompassing nature found only on the multichannel track." - Mike D. Brownell, Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Studio of the Netherlands Radio Philharm 
Length: 22 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Studio of the Netherlands Radio Philharm 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Feste romane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Studio of the Netherlands Radio Philharm 
Length: 23 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Highly detailed, very musical Respighi April 27, 2012 By Martin Selbrede (Round Rock, TX) See All My Reviews "These recordings dating back to about 2004 to 2005 are impressive from a sonic standpoint. Previously buried details pop through the textures in sequence after sequence (violins particularly -- tremolos in the opening Pines movement that were never noticed before, etc.). In Circenses, Ashkenazy takes a slightly slower tempo than others, especially at the climax, but you can HEAR everything: the engineers didn't clutter up the sound (though that would have been easy to do, considering what's on the score pages). The pipe organ at the climax of Circenses is particularly harrowing, and the final statement of the four-note motif doubled on the organ pedals hasn't been this blatantly reedy since Michael Tilson Thomas recorded this work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (apparently yet to be released on CD -- I only have it on vinyl). The Jubilee is taken at a very brisk clip: if Francesco La Vecchia gave us the longest Jubilee on record in 2010, perhaps Ashkenazy gave us the shortest one. The slower articulation of the hunting horn solos in the October Festival was unique among the recorded legacy of this work, but the balances are otherwise excellent. La Befana is taken VERY fast at the outset, but as is the case in many other recordings, the percussion and flute/piccolo parts are buried in the texture (oops -- uncharacteristic for these engineers). Ashkenazy tends to take things a bit slower and more cleanly, with detached bowings to eradicate slop wherever he found it. The final dance isn't as driven as others have taken it (Goosens, Muti, etc.), but Ashkenazy knows how he wants to balance the forces here. Pines is also uniformly excellent, particularly in the Catacomb movement where the divisi high strings perfectly complement a stunningly gorgeous trumpet solo. Fountains also is top drawer in all respects, and transitions are handled VERY smoothly in terms of phrasing and dynamics. These are, in short, very musical approaches to these tone poems. While they may not satisfy every listener at every level (especially at the price of this hybrid SACD/CD album), it is surely in a small circle of excellent recordings that can be recommended without hesitation." Report Abuse
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